Effect of Burning On Soil Chemical And Microbial Properties of a Teak Plantation

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1980
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Woke, C. E.
Amakiri, M. A.
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Fire is an important factor in the maintenance and management of grassland and forests for man's use. For this reason, a lot of attention has been focused on the ecological effects of fire, especially "indiscriminate burning". However, its effect on 'Soil rnicroflora in tropical environment is little known and more work, is needed on: its effect on soil chemical properties. The effect of fire has been reported to vary with different environments and vegetation (pritchett, 1979). Generally, fire reduces soil microbial number. However, while Jorgensen and Hodges (1971) reported an unchanged micro flora after burning, Ahlgren (1974) suggested that fungus species on burned land differ from those of unburned land
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 45 (4), p. 304-307